The historic town of Samarkand in Uzbekistan is a crossroad and melting pot of world cultures. Founded in the 7th century B.C. as ancient Afrasiab, Samarkand had its most significant development in the Timurid period from the 14th to the 15th centuries. The major monuments include the Registan Mosque and madrasas, Bibi-Khanum Mosque, the Shakhi-Zinda compound and the Gur-Emir ensemble, as well as Ulugh-Beg’s Observatory.
Mission San Francisco de la Espada (also Mission Espada) is a Roman Rite Catholic mission established in 1690 by Spain in present-day San Antonio, Texas, in what was then known as northern New Spain. The mission was built in order to convert local Native Americans to Christianity and solidify Spanish territorial claims in the New World against encroachment from France. Today, the structure is one of four missions that comprise San Antonio Missions National Historical Park.
The sundial Samrat Jantar is one of nineteen architectural astronomical instruments at Jantar Mantar monument, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This sundial is the world’s largest stone gnomon sundial. It’s height is about 27m. It measures time in intervals of 2 seconds.
Notice the size of these two matching rectangular segments in this (unedited) shot of exposed bricks on the façade of this building in Penang’s historic George Town area? I reckon someone removed two old air-conditioning units and just bricked up the gaps. George Town is Malaysia’s UNESCO World Heritage Site. D’you reckon the colour scheme resembles Wedgwood pottery?
Dubrovnik is a Croatian city on the Adriatic Sea, in the region of Dalmatia. It is one of the most prominent tourist destinations in the Mediterranean.
UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
This is a fisheye view of the city from the tallest tower that is 1 hour tough walk.
Must see on black background.
Belém Tower or Torre de Belém (Lisbon. Portugal).
It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of the significant role it played in the Portuguese maritime discoveries of the era of the Age of Discoveries.
The Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore (Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower”) is the main church of Florence, Italy. Construction begun in 1296 in the Gothic style to the design of Arnolfo di Cambio and completed structurally in 1436 with the dome engineered by Filippo Brunelleschi.
This architectural beauty is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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